Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PSR09: Red Hill - The Patrick Henry National Memorial
Red Hill is the final home and burial place of Patrick Henry. Henry is best known for the immortal line, “Give me liberty or give me death”, although his numerous early speeches were attributed to encouraging the eventual revolution of the colonies from England. He was also insistent on the inclusion of individual freedoms in the Constitution, an insistence that eventually lead to the Bill of Rights. Walking through the fields and forests of Red Hill, the visitor can almost picture Henry, with his fiddle, sitting under a tree, sipping cool spring water, as was apparently his habit. There are plenty of other things to see around the plantation. Along with the numerous restored buildings, there are a number of trails in development. From the visitor center, visitors can wander through hardwood forests to a historical African-American cemetery, and the more adventurous can venture all the way to the river, where Henry once ran a ferry. As you meander through the woods, search for northern cardinals and red-bellied woodpeckers or walk across the brushy fields where wild turkeys forage with their young. The open grassland hosts numerous eastern meadowlarks, as indigo buntings chip from the hedgerows and brown-headed cowbirds and mourning doves forage along the roadsides. Once in the river valley, great blue herons can be found stalking the riverbanks, and wood ducks can be seen flying in small groups up stream. There is even a chance to see a bald eagle soaring majestically over Patrick Henry's old home, a reminder of the freedom that Henry inspired for the nation.
Leaving Clarkton Bridge continue west on Rt. 626 for 5.0 miles to US 501. Turn right and head north on US 501 for 5.9 miles to its intersection with SR 40 East. Turn right and go east 0.9 miles to Rt. 600/Dog Creek Road. Turn right and follow Rt. 600 for 2.2 miles to where it becomes Rt. 619. Continue on Rt. 619 for 0.8 miles to Rt. 677. Turn right onto Rt. 677 then follow it for 1.1 miles to the end.